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bluephi1914

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03-06-2017 04:14 AM

Does anyone know what is used to cut the slot that the hooks slide into ?

im replacing side rails that were cracked and around the hook area and i would like to know how to cut this slot in the wood.

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#1 posted 03-06-2017 05:24 AM

Last time I did a set of these…I used a circular saw. Plunge cut. Clamp a 2×4 on each side to keep the saw level, and set the saw to the depth you need.

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#2 posted 03-06-2017 02:02 PM

^ That was my thought. Put support on the sides to keep your sole plate flat. Or if your table saw blade goes high enough you could use that.

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#3 posted 03-06-2017 04:22 PM

I think that the brackets like that you can buy at Rockler show them surface mounted rather than set inside a slot.

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#4 posted 03-06-2017 04:46 PM

Pictures of the specific hardware in question would be helpful. I am assuming these “hooks” mate into the post, and not the rail?

Edit: I see the pics now.

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#5 posted 03-06-2017 05:07 PM

I was recently faced with the same problem. After experimenting a bit, I could not find a way to cut the slots that I felt was safe. Instead, I used a second piece of wood as a covering block at the end of each rail. This covering block was about 2” long and the same width as the rail. I cut a rabbet in the rail and drilled holes in the rail and the covering block for the pins that hold the hook. I then screwed the covering block to the rail, enclosing the the hook and the pins. This solution makes the rail move in relation to the bed post, but I had plenty of room and this was not a problem. Not elegant, but I didn’t spill any of my blood.

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#6 posted 03-06-2017 07:00 PM

Table saw. Feather board
hope you have lots of headroom to stand rail upright while cutting

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bluephi1914

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#7 posted 03-06-2017 07:44 PM

ok got it… makes since


Table saw. Feather board
hope you have lots of headroom to stand rail upright while cutting

- canadianchips

i got a heavy duty Tenoning Jig and i think that will support the rail when i stand it upright

standby for update, lol

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#8 posted 03-06-2017 09:27 PM

A slotting bit on a router table might also work. No, I see that wouldn’t be deep enough.

-Paul

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#9 posted 03-15-2017 03:11 AM

Purchased this jig on sale at woodcraft (50% off) and ended up standing the wood on edge and running it through the saw

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